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Los Angeles: The Swinging 60s photos (1960-1969)

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Los Angeles: The Swinging 60s photos (1960-1969)

Above: Downtown 1960.

 

Drive-in clinic

In 1960, the Los Angeles County Medical Association set up a special drive-in clinic for people to receive a Salk polio shot without having to leave their car. This particular clinic was held at the Glendale Federal Savings and Loan Association at 401 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. The nurse was Ina Poole.

Photographer: Jon Woods / LAPL 00082889

 

Century City 1961The Welton Becket Association discusses plans for building Century City on the former Fox Studios back lot in 1960.

Few people know this but the back lot was once part of a 176-acre ranch owned by Tom Mix before the cowboy superstar sold it to William Fox.

To find out more about the history of Century City, click the link below. I wrote it for the Century City Chamber of Commerce.

 

Senator John F. Kennedy accepts the presidential nomination at the National Demographic Convention held at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (3939 S. Figueroa St.) in July 1960. Afterwards, Kennedy held a meeting at the Biltmore Hotel, where a decision was made to add Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas as his running mate to shore up votes in the south. LAPL 00105432 (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Senator John F. Kennedy accepts the presidential nomination at the National Demographic Convention held at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (3939 S. Figueroa St.) in July 1960. Afterwards, Kennedy held a meeting at the Biltmore Hotel, where a decision was made to add Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas as his running mate to shore up votes in the south.

LAPL 00105432

 

Freeway noise

Los Angeles Times reporter Jerry Burns uses a 1551-B Sound Level Meter to measure freeway noise on the 101 Fwy in 1960. (LAPL 00124589)

 

Los Angeles Subway tunnel

Two officials meeting in 1961 to discuss the conversion of the old Pacific Electric subway tunnel (under the terminal building) into an atomic bomb fallout shelter. (LAPL 00066981)

 

Kodachrome Slides - Pacific Electric 1541 Los Angeles CA 1961

Pacific Electric car No. 1541 in 1961. The M & N Pipe Supply Company was located at 4700 East Long Beach Ave.

 

Casa de Petrol

Casa de Petrol, in 1961, formerly located at 14325 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA (near the corner of Beverly Glen). This was where James Dean filled up his Porsche before later meeting his maker in a fatal car accident in 1955. It’s now a flower shop.

 

Battling fire near Griffith Park

An unknown man battles a raging fire with a sprinkler hose in May of 1961. The fire, which erupted in the Griffith Park area, burned 1,200-acres (a 10-mile perimeter) and destroyed 24 homes and damaged over 80 others before it was contained. There were no major injuries. Among the mansions lost was one owned by Aldous Huxley. (Photographer: George Brich / LAPL 00114986)

 

1964 Pacific Palisades Street Scene Alma Real Dr & La Cruz Dr copy

La Cruz Street approaching Alma Real Drive in the Pacific Palisades, circa 1962.

 

Ventura Blvd 1962

A special late “shopping night” on Ventura Blvd., between Laurel Canyon and Fallbrook Ave. in 1962.

Photo: Jeff Goldwater / LAPL 00031133

 

Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium 1962

Dodger Stadium. Bottom photo, c. 1962.

 

Mrs. Robert Sullivan sitting inside her flooded Sun Valley Home in 1962 after a heavy downpour. (Photographer: Alan Hyde / LAPL 00112352)

Mrs. Robert Sullivan sitting inside her flooded Sun Valley Home in 1962 after a heavy downpour. (Photographer: Alan Hyde / LAPL 00112352)

 

A Bell Rocket Belt demonstration in 1964 at the Pan Pacific Auditorium. The Rocket Belt, running on hydrogen peroxide, had enough power to lift a person over 800 feet in the air at speeds of up to 60 mph if desired. (Photographer: Gordon Dean/LAPL) Bizarre Los AngelesA Bell Rocket Belt demonstration in 1964 at the Pan Pacific Auditorium. The Rocket Belt, running on hydrogen peroxide, had enough power to lift a person over 800 feet in the air at speeds of up to 60 mph if desired. (Photographer: Gordon Dean/LAPL)

 

 

Wilshire Blvd 1964Wilshire Blvd approaching Westwood from around Veteran Avenue, circa 1964. The Linde Medical Plaza building, built in 1957, is in the distance. Architect: Paul Revere Williams. Today, it is the Westwood Medical Plaza Building.

 

Beverly Hills 1964

 

Entering Beverly Hills 1964

Beverly Hills in 1964. Notice the old Robinson’s Department Store?

 

Models at the Golden Do-Nut Shop once located at Magnolia and Lankershim in 1964. The girl on the far left is DeDe Lind, who later became the August 1967 Playboy Playmate of the Month. A photo of her apparently was placed onboard the Apollo XII spacecraft in 1969. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Models at the Golden Do-Nut Shop once located at Magnolia and Lankershim in 1964. The girl on the far left is DeDe Lind, who later became the August 1967 Playboy Playmate of the Month. A photo of her apparently was placed onboard the Apollo XII spacecraft in 1969.

 

La Brea Tar PitsThe La Brea Tar Pits in 1964. Construction of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is underway in the distance. Photographer: George Brich / 00122146.

 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, c. 1965. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art 1965

LACMA 1965

The newly opened Los Angeles County Museum of Art, circa 1965.

 

 

Downtown Los Angeles 1965

Downtown Los Angeles, 1965.

 

Drive-In Church Service

The Emmanuel Lutheran Church’s Summer Sunday Drive-In Service at 11919 Oxnard Street. The drive-in service started around 1948 and was touted by the church as the first of its kind in the U.S. Over the span of a couple of decades, the service started at 8:15 a.m. The average number of attendees were around 200 with many children still clad in their pajamas and adults wearing casual clothes. Ushers would go from car-to-car with their offering baskets.

This photo was dated June 19, 1965. (LAPL 00082763)

 

LandslidesIn early June of 1965, a series of landslides wiped out three homes and eight apartment buildings in the Pacific Palisades. No earthquake or heavy rains were responsible for the damage. The ground simply gave out, possibly from an underground water stream.

Locals watched as apartments on Los Liones Street threaten to slide down the hill and damage the Lindomar Lodge at 17381 Sunset Blvd. (foreground).

The Lindomar was saved, but guests were asked to leave while the debris was removed.

Residents in the apartment buildings, meanwhile, were able to safely evacuate.

The landslide started around 4:00 a.m. with the cracking of timber and the shattering of windows. Between the hours of  7 a.m. to 10 a.m., the ground slid approximately five feet per hour before slowing to about four inches per hour.

Photographer: Milton Martines / LAPL 00050134

 

Broadway and 7th Street, c. 1965. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Broadway and 7th Street, circa 1965.

 

LOS ANGELES CITY HALL 1965

A motorist passes City Hall, circa 1965.

 

A holiday traffic check by California Highway Patrol officers on Sunset Blvd. near Sunset Plaza in 1965. (LAPL 00044613)

A holiday traffic check by California Highway Patrol officers on Sunset Blvd. near Sunset Plaza in 1965. (LAPL 00044613)

 

Figueroa Street and Exposition Blvd. on a Saturday night in 1966, back when the city tried enforcing 9:00 p.m. curfews to curtail crime.

Figueroa Street and Exposition Blvd. on a Saturday night in 1966, back when the city tried enforcing 9:00 p.m. curfews to curtail crime.

 

Pandora's Box, a teen rock club once located at 8118 Sunset Boulevard, was the epicenter of "the Sunset Strip Riot," of the 1960s after LAPD began enforcing a 10:00 p.m. curfew for persons under eighteen. Photo: November 20, 1966. (LAPL 00040771) Bizarre Los AngelesPandora’s Box, a teen rock club once located at 8118 Sunset Boulevard, was the epicenter of “the Sunset Strip Riot,” of the 1960s after LAPD began enforcing a 10:00 p.m. curfew for persons under eighteen. Photo: November 20, 1966. (LAPL 00040771)

 

The 101 freeway in 1966. LAPL 00041134

 

A postcard view of Broadway and 6th at dusk, circa 1960s. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

A postcard view of Broadway and 6th at dusk, circa 1960s. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

 

"A hairy head is a happy head!" Students fight for their right to wear longer hair at Palisades High School in 1966. I sure hope they won, because nobody likes hair loss. (LAPL 00041782)

“A hairy head is a happy head!”

Students fight for their right to wear longer hair at Palisades High School in 1966. I sure hope they won, because nobody likes hair loss. (LAPL 00041782)

 

La Brea Tarpits MammothEver wondered how and when that mammoth ended up in the La Brea Tar Pits? Well, here’s your answer. The sculpture, created by Howard Ball, was positioned by helicopter in June of 1968. (Photographer: Russell Pursley/ LAPL 00071907)

Doesn’t it look like an action scene from a low-budget monster film?
Stear's For Steaks in Beverly Hills in 1968. Bizarre Los Angeles
STEAR’S FOR STEAKS ADDS PUTTING GREEN
Los Angeles Times, June 14, 1968
Stear’s For Steaks, one of the Lawry’s Associated Restaurants on La Cienega Blvd. in Beverly Hills, suggested a little over a year ago that you “Reserve a Steak!” Stear’s wasn’t kidding. In order to insure availability of the fabulous culotte steak, it was indeed necessary to reserve one.
Now, Stear’s introduces another innovasion [sic], a putting green. Stear’s 19th hole and putting green is causing a sensation as a unique idea developed inside a restaurant. 
In the bar area inside the restaurant, guests may practice their putting on a green designed by the famous golf course architect, Desmond Muirhead.
While enjoying cocktails before dining, come into Stear’s and try your luck. You may find it a habit that’s impossible to break.

 

Following nine days of heavy rain in February 1969, employees of a Los Angeles display fixture company placed its wet mannequins on the sidewalk outside to dry in the sun. The strange sight no doubt caused a few double-takes among people passing by.

 

The Bunker Hill Towers (234 S. Figueroa Street) and the Union Bank Building (tall building in the background). Photo taken between 1968 and 1974. The Bunker Hill Towers were constructed in 1966. Its architect was Robert Alexander. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

The Bunker Hill Towers (234 S. Figueroa Street) and the Union Bank Plaza Building (tall building in the background). Photo taken between 1968 and 1974.

The Bunker Hill Towers were constructed in 1966. Its architect was Robert Alexander. The Union Bank Building was completed in 1968.

 

 

Here is the "Castle," a rundown Queen Anne revival mansion built in 1882, after it was moved from 325 S. Bunker Hill Avenue to Montecito Heights for the newly created Heritage Square Museum in March, 1969. Before it could be restored, the house was destroyed by a fire later that year. The alleged arsonists were thought to have been teenagers/young adults who had used the mansion as a party house. The photo was taken from inside the Salt Box, another historic structure destroyed by the same fire. (LAPL 00102757) Bizarre Los Angeles

Here is the “Castle,” a rundown Queen Anne revival mansion built in 1882, after it was moved from 325 S. Bunker Hill Avenue to Montecito Heights for the newly created Heritage Square Museum in March, 1969. Before it could be restored, the house was destroyed by a fire later that year. The alleged arsonists were thought to have been teenagers/young adults who had used the mansion as a party house.

The photo was taken from inside the Salt Box, another historic structure destroyed by the same fire. (LAPL 00102757)

 

Joe's Adult Books

Joe’s Adult Books in Lennox, CA, circa 1969.

 

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Inside the Grand Hall of the Los Angeles Music Center, aka Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The Music Center was designed by Welton Beckett and it opened in 1964.

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